Galveston, TX

Associate Professor, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Representing: Training Institutions
Term ends September 2026        

Patricia Blair, Ph.D., J.D., LLM, MSN, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A, is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She focuses on delivery and research in the areas of correctional health care and health disparities. She developed a correctional healthcare orientation model for nursing students who rotate through correctional healthcare facilities in Texas. She works directly with high-level stakeholders in developing projects that directly benefit justice-involved individuals and healthcare professionals. Her current projects include prioritizing prevalent noninfectious chronic diseases in this underserved population and developing continuing nursing education and correctional nursing certification that focuses on enhancing clinical skills inclusive of teach-back, decision making and other skills that will assist in improving the health literacy of patients.

Blair participated in developing correctional healthcare policies, standards and certification through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. She also participated in developing the American Nurses Association correctional nursing standards and collaborated in prisoner (justice-involved)-focused funded research. She is a registered nurse and a health law attorney with a doctorate in health services research. She serves on the boards of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the American Correctional Nurses Association, as well as the editorial board for the Journal of Correctional Health Care.

Conflicts of Interest

As of August 11, 2023

  • The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing, Employer

  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care, Board Member

  • American Correctional Nurses Association, Board Member

  • Journal of Correctional Health Care, Editorial Board Member


Person Type
Panel / Committee